NHS Advising Alternative medicine.

Honey
Honey
Honey to cure cough symptoms
I read an article in the Telegraph, where new guidance for the NHS advises patients are being to buy a jar of honey, or look for herbal remedies for minor ailments like coughs, rather than visit the clinic.

Honey Bee
                     Honey Bee
The public are advised to buy “self-care” products such as honey, herbal remedies and cough medicines, instaed of expecting anti-biotics.             
 I THOUGHT IT WAS MORE AUSTERITY MEASURES. Blinkin’ cutbacks! 
The draft guidance goes on to say that most patients with an acute cough recover within 3 weeks, without ANY medicines.And Furthermore, antibiotics should be saved for serious cases.

Research shows that honey significantly reduced the frequency and severity of coughs, in comparison to placebo treatments.
There was evidence that medicines containing pelargonium  a herbal remedy, often known as Kaloba, could also help to relieve symptoms.
….And it also said that medicines containing guaifenesin or the suppressant dextromethorpan  (over-the-counter medicines containing the expectorant)  could also assist with relieving symptoms .
Both are active ingredients in a number of versions of remedies such as Benylin. 
 

Dr Tessa Lewis, GP and chairwoman of the antimicrobial prescribing guidelines group, said: “If someone has a runny nose, sore throat and cough, we would expect the cough to settle over two to three weeks and antibiotics are not needed.”

 The body has warned that overuse of the drugs is threatening their long-term effectiveness. “People can check their symptoms on NHS Choices or NHS Direct Wales or ask their pharmacist for advice.

“If the cough is getting worse rather than better, or the person feels very unwell or breathless, then they would need to contact their GP.”

As many as one in five GP prescriptions for antibiotics may be inappropriate, according to research published by PHE earlier this year.

The body has warned that overuse of the drugs is threatening their long-term effectiveness.

Dr Susan Hopkins, from PHE, said: “Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem and we need to take action now to reduce antibiotic use.

“Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of developing infections which in turn cannot be easily treated.”

Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at NICE said: “We are keen to highlight that in most cases, antibiotics will not be necessary to treat a cough. We want people to be offered advice on alternatives that may help ease their symptoms.

He said: “This guideline gives health professionals and patients the information they need to make good choices about the use of antibiotics. We encourage their use only when a person is at risk of further complications.”

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